Our "Moms Who Made It" interview series shines a spotlight on business-savvy moms we admire, and shares the trials and triumphs they've faced in building successful brands.
This month, we're featuring Nickey Ramsey, the creative mama who's shaking up the breast milk storage business with Junobie. After returning from maternity leave with her second child, she struggled with the less-than-ideal options available for breast milk storage. Frustrated with leaky plastic bags and heavy glass jars, she knew there had to be a simpler, more reliable breast milk storage option—and so the Junobie bag was born!
These eco-friendly breast milk bags are a plastic-free storage option that easily fits in the fridge and freezer. Each bag is made with 100% FDA-approved, food-grade silicone, and free of BPA, BPS, phthalatas, or lead. The reusable bags can replace more than 1,000 single-use plastic bags over the course of your feeding journey, and they're easy to sterilize so you can feel good about reusing them. They're dishwasher-, freezer-, and heat-safe, and the unique lock slider ensures you won't spill a drop of that liquid gold while you're home or on-the-go.
We're happy to share Nickey's story and introduce our Bandita mamas to this amazing brand. Read on for more, plus a special discount code to use on your Junobie order!
Tell us a bit about your company and the products you’ve created.
Junobie is a breastfeeding and lifestyle brand dedicated to providing an eco-friendly breastfeeding storage solution and experience for new parents. Junobie currently has reusable breast milk storage bags, reusable breast milk storage boxes, and sanitizing pods for breast pumps and bottles.
Describe your business philosophy in a few words.
Follow your dreams—you may inspire others around you.
What was the problem in the marketplace that you set out to solve, and how did you go about finding a solution for it?
Traditionally, breastfeeding women store breast milk in a single-use plastic breast milk storage bag. Single-use bags pollute the environment, and have potential chemical leaching. As a second-time breastfeeding mother, I desired a more eco-friendly breastfeeding journey and began my search for a reusable breast milk storage bag—only to find that they didn’t exist. So, we created one!
What has kept you motivated throughout the journey of starting your own business?
Our customers, and hearing the amazing testimonials of how the Junobie reusable breast milk storage bag has changed their breast milk storage techniques.
When did you start to feel like you “made it?”
We knew we made it when we got our first five international distributors!
Who is your mentor, or an inspirational figure you look up to?
Our mentor is Lindsay Mason of French Knot. She is so knowledgeable about the fashion and business industry and has helped us so much!
What’s your #1 tip for moms interested in starting their own business?
Always follow your dreams. You never know how big of a difference your product or service will make in someone’s life.
What does “me” time mean to you?
“Me” time means relaxing and taking a break at the spa.
Any favorite books or podcasts that you’ve found particularly motivating?
My favorite podcast is “How I Built This."
What’s on your bedside table?
My Holy Bible and a picture of my firstborn.
Share your favorite inspirational quote, if you have one!
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
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